Kathryn Lopez

The Guttmacher Institute and Centers for Disease Control report that teen-pregnancy rates are on a slight decline. And the Disney Channel's "super wholesome" (as TV Guide puts it) series "Hannah Montana," about a high-school girl with a secret identity as a rock star, is a hit.

These are some signs of hope to latch onto.

Ingraham suggests that you should be your children's media guide, and Shalit notes that it's not going to be right-wing screeds (however well-written) that are going to change the culture. It'll be parents, good teachers, grounded media moguls and clean teens.

So let's get to work. You know what beats a washed-up pop tart.


Kathryn Lopez

Kathryn Jean Lopez, editor of National Review Online, writes a weekly column of conservative political and social commentary for Newspaper Enterprise Association.